Thursday, August 4, 2011

Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban by J.K. Rowling {Delightfully Bookwormish}

The School Library Journal's Top 100 Children's Novels #13

Title: Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Author: J.K. Rowling
Genre: Juvenile Fiction, Fantasy

The Recipe: Harry returns to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry to discover that an escaped convict from the wizard prison, Azkaban, is after him. Harry longs to discover why Sirius Black is after him, but the more he discovers about this former servant of You-Know-Who, the more tempted he becomes to find him himself.

The Frosting and Sprinkles: The Prisoner of Azkaban, like it's predecessors, is definitely a page-turner. This novel stands apart from the others because it's in this one that we see the Harry Potter plot begin to twist.

I love the time-traveling element in this book. It gives us a break from the average fantasy stuff. It's not very scientific, which annoys some people, but it's lack of taking science into account doesn't bother me because this is a fantasy novel, not a  science fiction one. If I can suspend my belief for a an entire made up world, then I can suspend for time travel!

We see Harry start to develop more into an adult in this novel-his boyhood is peeling away and for the first time, he is dealing with the real human emotion of anger and faced with decisions to show revenge or compassion. 

The Hair That Fell Into the Batter: None.

 My Rating:  

 5 Out of 5 Cupcakes!


  1. Ummm...I am going to respectfully disagree on the time travel thing. I am one of the people this bothers and I am not in any way scientific. (I think you know that). It's why this book gets only four cupcakes from me. There is a paradox. JK Rowling could fix it by making her next writing project the series following the other reality. The one in which Buckbeak, Sirius, and Harry all died. Or maybe it will be one of the extras on Pottermore. Also this is one of the parts of the world building that never made sense. The Ministry has a room full of time turners people can use to go back in time. If you were Voldermort and infiltrating the ministry during OOP (and he had definitely infiltrated the Department of Mysteries by then)why not steal a time turner, go back in time, and do Harry in at some other point. Sneak attack. Why didn't someone in the ministry use the time turners to go back and take out young Tom Riddle thereby avoiding all the catastrophe in the first place? It just doesn't make sense. And there is a difference between suspension of belief and lazy plot devices. This was a lazy plot device. And yes, I have spent more time than anyone should thinking about this.


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